God, Religion, Vlog

The Masks We Wear

We wear masks because of COVID, but wearing a mask only reveals a part of what we really look like. With a mask, we can only see a part of our face. When I am at work, I really don’t know what the people I work with look like until we meet in the lunchroom and take off our masks. That is when we see what we fully look like. Sometimes I almost don’t recognize the person I have been closely working with until we have a break together.

I believe God wants us to know what we fully look like to one another, but the problem is that we, as individuals, don’t even truly know who we truly are to be able to reveal our true selves.

Exposing Our Selves

Another problem going on here, especially in Canada, is learning about Canada’s deep, dark, hidden secrets about the Indigenous communities that are now being exposed. We think our darkness will remain in the dark, but eventually, light will be shone on every dark place.

Canada’s attempts to steal the identity of the aboriginal people are now being realized for how dark this history really is. Recently quoted by CBC News: the Catholic church saw the Indigenous people as “having no souls”, therefore, they did not feel it was important to give them marked graves. A gravesite of over 700 bodies was just discovered this past week.

“Pam Palmeter a Mi’kmaq lawyer at Ryerson University in Toronto says the discovery of unmarked graves by the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan further illustrates the need for Canada to confront this part of its history. Until it does, she said, meaningful reconciliation will not be attained.”

And the week before this incident was another hidden gravesite. The remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, have been found buried on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school — one of the institutions that held children taken from families across the nation.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Canada and the church’s sad hidden truths expose the people that we were. How do we move on from here? Is it possible to move to a more positive place?

Through darkness, God wants to expose His light.

It is important for us to know our own individual journey that God has placed each one of us on to embrace it for all that it truthfully is, in all its good and bad parts. Truth can only be the truth.

There is no denying that we are all capable of many evils. All of us should be ashamed of the abuse that our past contains. There is a lot of pain that we need to confront to be able to heal from it. We’ve all been a part of abuse in some way. What did we do about any of the injustice that we saw? Didn’t we keep silent? Did we challenge those in charge when we witnessed wrongs being done? …Or did we keep silent?

Through all of life’s tragedies, which all of us have experienced on some level, there is wisdom to be found — There are lessons to be learned.

Religion tries to define God, but God can only be defined through all of us who desire to know who God is and understand that God can only be good.

God is Love

Together we are ONE entity, ONE being, with ONE mind who must unite as one to be able to function as one.

We need to embrace our paths that God has set each one of us on, in all of our good and bad parts that brought us to this place which made us who we individually are. Now that we know what is good and right, let us be good. Let us also see the complement of what is good and right in each other.

We cannot change our past — We can only change our future.

A New Day

Today is a new day. This day has never existed until today. We create this day — together. What we create today can either enhance our creation or continue to be a force against it.

The choice is really up to us.

The choice is all up to all of us. 

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Shannie Alvarez — A Gentile with a Jewish Heart

#35 on Feedspot 2021’s Top 100 Faith Blogs
#41 on 2021’s Top 70 Jewish Blogs

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